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Meghan Markle praises the "silent heroes" who feed the hungry amid a pandemic


Meghan Markle has praised the "silent heroes" who helped feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic, saying, "We have the power to remind others that there is hope."

The Duchess of Sussex appeared on the CNN Heroes Special on Sunday to deliver a pre-recorded thank you to the good Samaritans who battled rising hunger in the United States caused by the coronavirus crisis.

It was her first public announcement since announcing that she miscarried in a move released last month.

“In a year that has been challenging for everyone, I am inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities. Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together and support the collective well-being of those around them, "she said.

Meghan Markle has praised the "silent heroes" who helped feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic, saying, "We have the power to remind others that there is hope."

The COVID-19 crisis hit hard in March and everything seemed to change overnight. For many families, the effects of the pandemic have been disastrous, and far too many have faced the heartbreaking question: How should I put food on the table for my family? & # 39; She said.

She highlighted a surge in hunger in the country caused by skyrocketing unemployment and the inability of vulnerable populations – such as the elderly and vulnerable – to get enough food for themselves.

“But in the face of this devastating reality, we have also seen the power of the human spirit and the remarkable way communities react in challenging times. We have seen the good in people, in our neighbors, and in entire communities who have come together to say that they will not stand by while our neighbors are starving, ”she added.

It was her first public announcement since announcing that she miscarried in a move released last month. Markle and Prince Harry imagined holding their baby Archie in their hands last October

It was her first public announcement since announcing that she miscarried in a move released last month. Markle and Prince Harry imagined holding their baby Archie in their hands last October

In August, Harry and Meghan distributed school supplies, clothes and diapers to families in need at a drive through event in Los Angeles organized by the charity baby2baby

In August, Harry and Meghan distributed school supplies, clothes and diapers to families in need at a drive through event in Los Angeles organized by the charity baby2baby

“We saw communities stand up and take action. When the children's lunch programs stalled, we saw our neighbors making sure these children got the food they needed. And when those who are immunocompromised or the most vulnerable couldn't leave their homes, we emerged as a community to deliver the food they needed to their doorstep.

& # 39; We know the value of food; As food, a source of life, and in times of crisis, the warmth of a meal can feel as comforting as a much-needed hug – especially when there is no human contact due to the social distancing we all experience. & # 39; Said Markle.

She praised the volunteers and workers who took the opportunity to feed their hungry neighbors during difficult times.

“These moments reminded so many that they were cared for. Tonight we celebrate these silent heroes some of whom I know and others whom we greet from afar. These people stood up and made sure that the most basic needs of our communities were met. They made sure that the people around them did not suffer in isolation. They fed their neighbors in more ways than one, ”she said.

"And they have shown us all that even in the darkest of times, when we get together, we have the power to remind others that there is hope and that we will be fine," she added.

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, were pictured with former gang members at a Los Angeles bakery in June to volunteer and prepare groceries for the elderly in the area

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, were pictured with former gang members at a Los Angeles bakery in June to volunteer and prepare groceries for the elderly in the area

The Duchess of Sussex, who had previously attended workshops with the organization as a teenager, imagined packing boxes of groceries

The Duchess of Sussex, who had previously attended workshops with the organization as a teenager, imagined packing boxes of groceries

Markle and Prince Harry share a 19-month-old son named Archie.

Since Markle left the UK to return to her home state of California, he has volunteered with several local organizations.

In April, she and Harry helped distribute meals for Project Angel Food, a nonprofit that prepares and delivers meals for people with critical illnesses who are at higher risk during the pandemic.

In June, the couple worked with Homeboy Industries, a community social justice organization that helps former prisoners and former gang members. They joined the group's participants who worked in a coffee shop and bakery and helped them prepare food for the #FeedHOPE program, which distributes meals to seniors and youth affected by the food insecurity caused by the pandemic.